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North Carolina Climbers Fest Returns With Inclusivity Focus

Carolina Climbers Coalition’s (CCC) North Carolina Climbers Fest returns this weekend with promises of new experiences welcoming a diverse group of climbers. The festival offers expert-led clinics for all skill levels, and this year the event, which runs from May 17-19 near Pinnacle, North Carolina, will implement new initiatives to promote inclusivity in the climbing community. This includes two new clinics focused on supporting women and BIPOC climbers making the transition from climbing gyms to outdoor crags.

“We understand that making this transition can be daunting, especially for women and BIPOC climbers who may face additional barriers to entry in outdoor leadership roles,” the clinic’s organizers, Pisgah Climbing School, posted online. “At these clinics, Pisgah Climbing School aims to bridge the gap in outdoor leadership representation by empowering women and BIPOC climbers to take on leadership roles within the climbing community.” 

CCC also partnered with NC BIPOC Climbers to create a raffle offering equitable access to the festival. The winners received complimentary entry which includes access to camping at Jomeokee Campground, movie screenings as part of the Women’s Adventure Film Fest, and special tours to Moore’s Boulders.  

The festival’s various events will be spread across different venues, including Jomeokee Campground, Hanging Rock State Park, and Sauratown Mountain. Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis at

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